Want to make your own DNA …

“Want to make your own DNA?” ask Oliver Serang and Leslie Emery, almost in unison. Both representing Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, they are eager to explain the mutant fruit flies, worms, and plants they and other researchers study.

Genome Sciences at the University of Washington :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Genome Sciences at the University of Washington :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

After Oliver has introduced some flies with normal wings, others with curly wings, then some with red eyes and others with white eyes, a visitor asks “Where do you find them?”

“We make them!” he responds enthusiastically, continuing to introduce the basics of genetics and what they do in Genome Sciences.

Genome Sciences at the University of Washington :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Maureen Munn, Leslie Emery, and Oliver Serang of UW Genome Sciences

Whether an organism is easy enough to grow is an important factor in what they decide to study, Oliver explains.

The genetics of model organisms is a key which unlocks many doors to solving human diseases.

Genome Sciences at the University of Washington :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

About Genome Sciences at the University of Washington

The UW Department of Genome Sciences began in September 2001 by the fusion of the Departments of Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology.  Our goal is to address leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches that take advantage of genomic information now available for humans, model organisms and a host of other species.

Our faculty study a broad range of topics, including the genetics of E. coli, yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mouse; human and medical genetics; mathematical, statistical and computer methods for analyzing genomes, and theoretical and evolutionary genetics; and genome-wide studies by such approaches as sequencing, transcriptional and translational analysis, polymorphism detection and identification of protein interactions.

Not sure what Genome Sciences is all about? Follow these links for a basic overview of our research and streaming video of the 2009 Public Lecture Series.  Please follow this link to support our research.

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